- Associated Press - Wednesday, December 24, 2014

RENO, Nev. (AP) - Washoe County road crews were spreading de-icing solutions on roads and highways Wednesday in anticipation of a winter storm that could bring a white Christmas to the Sierra Nevada.

Forecasters said a foot of snow could fall in the mountains and a few inches in the valley as a strong cold front made its way into western Nevada after the mercury soared Monday to 60 degrees in Reno and 51 degrees in South Lake Tahoe.

A winter weather advisory was in effect for the upper parts of the Sierra until 10 p.m. Wednesday. The heaviest snow was expected after 4 p.m.

Winds gusts in excess of 50 mph also were expected, with a high Thursday of 35 degrees in Reno.

Forecasters said Reno could see rain Wednesday afternoon before it turns to snow.

Temperatures were expected to fall rapidly ahead of the storm and could result in a “flash-freeze type of scenario where melted snow refreezes to the road surfaces creating black ice with snow on top,’ the weather service said.

“It will be brief but heavy snow,” meteorologist Jessica Kielhorn told the Reno Gazette-Journal (https://tinyurl.com/ps832co). “We’re very confident we’re going to see it. It’s just a question of how much snow.”

A winter storm advisory was in effect for the northeast part of the state, including the Ruby Mountains.

In Elko, the weather service said the chance of snow was 100 percent on Wednesday night, followed by a 40 percent chance of blowing snow on Christmas Day.

Highs on Christmas Day and Friday will be in the upper 20s in Elko County, according to the forecast, while lows drop to the mid-teens.

“The combination of gusty winds and falling and blowing snow will create hazardous travel,” the weather service said.


Information from: Reno Gazette-Journal, https://www.rgj.com

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